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Two Sisters Bakery & Deli Arrives in Fairhope, Alabama

9 Apr

Two Sisters Bakery has only been open a few short weeks now. They are located right next door to Wintzell’s Oyster House on Scenic Highway 98 in Fairhope, AL. Nice looking place, huh? I made my first visit this past week and my first impression was quite positive. The owner was welcoming and quick to tell me his story. As he talked, my eyes were constantly wandering. So many delicious treats to take in.

Two Sisters’ signature Pumpkin Roll (above) was soon calling my name. I could hear it. Really! It looked incredible — fresh and fluffy, peppered with chopped nuts and laced with a sumptuous cream cheese filling. They even dusted the exterior with powdered sugar. Are you kidding me??? I just had to have one for my own. 

So was it really that good, you ask? Let’s just say it was one of the best things I’ve eaten since I landed in Fairhope two years ago. Don’t miss it! I also ordered a Cinnamon Nutmeg muffin and it too was the real deal. The cinnamon, nutmeg, granulated sugar mixture gave the outside a nice crunch, while the inside remained fresh and moist. The overall flavor reminded me of a really good cinnamon cake doughnut. And the hint of nutmeg was a thoughtful (and winning) touch.  

Fresh Cinnamon Rolls at Two Sisters Bakery & Deli

Look for this sign (above) along Scenic Highway 98 in Fairhope. Two Sisters also serves lunch and they proudly feature Boars Head deli meats and cheeses. That should tell you something about their commitment to quality. All the breads (try their homemade focaccia) are baked fresh daily. Their bacon & egg breakfast biscuits look terrific and the sandwich menu is highlighted by an oddly named creation called “Hen Pecked.” Chicken breast with Havarti cheese, jalapeno, spinach, mango chutney, hot pickled peppers and mayo on house baked flat bread. Oh yes, come to Papa! For dessert, grab a chocolate whoopie pie or a Coca Cola cupcake.

You will be treated to some gorgeous scenery along the bayfront in Fairhope. I might suggest you carry out your sandwich or bakery treats and find yourself a shady spot along the banks of the Mobile Bay. Our parks (as you can see above) are well-maintained and safe. The dolphin sculpture pictured here is just one of many artistic creations that you will discover during your time here in Fairhope.

Business at Two Sisters Bakery and Deli is off to a pretty positive start. Ownership is confident that their lunch crowd will continue to grow. Fairhope apparently has a prominent sweet tooth and is, in the owner’s words, a real “cookie town.” I reside here and am found guilty as charged. But you don’t have to have a big sweet tooth to become a regular at Two Sisters. Just being a lover of tasty eats prepared with love and attention to detail will get the job done. However, if you do have a sweet tooth, they will fix it. And it’s a lot more fun than a trip to the dentist.

Two Sisters Bakery – 19452 Scenic Highway 98, Fairhope – 251 517 0622

Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique – “How Sweet It Is!”

12 Mar

A “six pack” of cupcakes (above) — Simply Sweet style.

Simply Sweet Cupcake Boutique has only been open a few months, but they have already established themselves as a force in the rapidly growing cupcake industry. Cupcake industry, you ask? May sound funny to you, but there is more than a bit of truth to it. Cupcake shops – once primarily an urban phenomenon – are now popping up just about everywhere.

Simply Sweet owner Ashley Sassaman developed a passion for baking at home. Someone suggested she try selling her delicious cupcake creations, which eventually led her to open her own commercial bakery along busy Cottage Hill Road in West Mobile, Alabama. She now has 8 employees and a rapidly expanding business. It’s obvious she has struck a nerve with the surrounding community. Timing is always important, location is critical, yet nothing can compare to a well made product. That attention to detail comes across in each cupcake produced by Simply Sweet. This is not easily done when you’re turning out hundreds (if not thousands) of these beautiful little artistic creations five days a week.

Key Lime (top), Red Velvet and  Strawberry Lemonade (bottom).

The sheer number of daily choices at Simply Sweet is, well, stunning. They offer 4 everyday flavors including Chocolate, Vanilla, Red Velvet, and their signature (and most popular) Key Lime. Beyond that, you can choose from 9 daily specials highlighted by fun flavors such as Banana Pudding, Hummingbird, Mississippi Mud, Apricot Nectar, Cracker Jack, and Snickerdoodle. You hungry yet?

We visited on a Thursday and we were treated to six glorious cupcake creations. The flavors incorporated in our version of Simply Sweet’s “six-pack” were Peppermint Patty, Red Velvet, Key Lime, Carrot Cake, Strawberry Lemonade, and Pina Colada. They were all very good and disappeared fast. My personal favorites were the tart Key Lime, the decadent Peppermint Patty, and the tropical Pina Colada (seen below adorned with toasted coconut shavings and a bright red cherry on top).  

Cupcakes at Simply Sweet cost $2.50 each, $13.50 for 6, and $24 per dozen. I suggest you order on the heavy side because these babies are really crowd pleasers. Their physical beauty may command your attention, but it’s ultimately the satisfying flavors which will have you returning time and time again to that bright, cheery pink cardboard box. Great job, Ashley. Here’s to your success —- how sweet it is!

www.simplysweetcupcakeboutique.com or call 251 665 3003.